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It's High School Musical Time: Once Upon A Mattress

Excerpt from SB Independent (Maggie Yates)

At Laguna Blanca, director Dana Caldwell and her student actors are producing another classic: Once Upon a Mattress, the quirky musical take on The Princess and the Pea. Laguna Blanca is in its second year of partnership with Ensemble Theatre Company, so these students get personal mentorship from area professionals. While West Side Story tackles serious social issues, Once Upon a Mattress offers an equally important, albeit lighter, life lesson. “Life is too short to take too seriously all the time!” said Caldwell. Beau Glazier '20, who will be portraying the wacky Princess Winnifred, offers a profound take on the importance of this show’s comedic characters. “This musical is about accepting our individual quirks, which each of the characters, especially Princess Winnifred, does,” she said. “I love this eclectic cast of characters because they remind us that if you are brash and loud, or quiet and shy, you are still lovable.”

This comedic take on a childhood favorite brings raucous royal shenanigans to the Spaulding Theater, which is being transformed into a castle to set the scene for fairy-tale frolic. Watch for what Caldwell calls the most intimidating challenge of creating this show: “That darn mattress!”

Laguna will present Once Upon a Mattress May 2-4 at 7 p.m. Click here to learn more.